The troubles for Chicago’s Bow Truss Coffee and owner Phil Tadros continue. After a failed sale of the company and a sudden closing of all Chicago storefronts, a lawsuit has been filed against Tadros by 10 former Bow Truss employees alleging “incomplete or late payment of regular and overtime wages” as well as a misallocation of wages for tax withholdings and benefit plans, “including health and dental insurance and a retirement savings plan.”

According to the Chicago Tribune, the lawsuit also names Tadros’ business partner Darren Marshall and their digital agency, Doejo. The suit was made public by two former employees in a press conference on Monday held in front of one of the still-closed Bow Truss locations. Also in attendance were “State Sen. Daniel Biss, Ald. Scott Waguespack, Ald. Ricardo Muñoz and Cook County Board Commissioner Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia” who “spoke in support of the Bow Truss employees at the conference.”

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When reached for comment by the Tribune, Tadros stated that he believed all parties involved in filing the suit had been paid:

“As horrible as it is to be late, we definitely tried really hard to patch everybody up as soon as possible,” he said. He said any former employee with outstanding issues should contact the company.

“We’re very approachable, responsive, helpful and reasonable — as horrible as the situation has been, we weren’t ignoring anybody.”

This story is developing…

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network.

*top image via the Chicago Tribune

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